New VIA Timetable and 'Preference' Update

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Here's the new VIA Timetable effective April 1. An additional train has been added each way daily between Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City plus there's some additional trains 4 days/week between Toronto-Ottawa and Toronto-Montreal.

The Canadian (in name only) is still once weekly between Vancouver and Winnipeg.....and no return of the Ocean yet!

And an update on the Web Page: No Sleepers to Churchill this Summer.

 
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There's some interesting rearrangements on the corridor schedule, with some previous trains disappearing mid-week and daily "new" frequencies. Restoration of the Canadian east of Winnipeg won't happen until Ontario gets its case counts under control, but thought an additional round-trip might have been added in the West with the advent of better weather. 🤔
 

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Restoration of the Canadian east of Winnipeg won't happen until Ontario gets its case counts under control, but thought an additional round-trip might have been added in the West with the advent of better weather. 🤔
There might be better weather in the west now but still not the time to be travelling. Just look at the increase in cases in AB and BC over the past couple of days. The Canadian is providing a basic service. I don't know why anyone would want to ride right now unless they have no other option for travel......when you're restricted to your accommodations other than getting out for 2 meals/day and no access to the dome.
 
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It's been over a year since I've been on a train and probably won't be for awhile yet.....so it was nice to see that my 'Preference' status has been extended for another year until April 2022. Thanks VIA!....and I'll be back as soon as I can.


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I've heard talk the Canadian is returning to Toronto on May 17th. And that they are thinking about reopening the dome to sleeper passengers from one of my internal sources.

It's even in the reservation system with the current lowest prices being.

Coach: $466 CAD
Roomette: $1,988 CAD
Bedroom: $2,982 CAD
Prestige: $10,672 CAD

Now who will pay that 10,000 dollar Prestige fare I find interesting. A little odd that they aren't selling the sections just because it's basically the same as coach just with a bed. Kinda a Platzkarty which the Russians haven't stopped running for the pandemic.
 

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I've heard talk the Canadian is returning to Toronto on May 17th. And that they are thinking about reopening the dome to sleeper passengers from one of my internal sources.

It's even in the reservation system with the current lowest prices being.

Coach: $466 CAD
Roomette: $1,988 CAD
Bedroom: $2,982 CAD
Prestige: $10,672 CAD

Now who will pay that 10,000 dollar Prestige fare I find interesting. A little odd that they aren't selling the sections just because it's basically the same as coach just with a bed. Kinda a Platzkarty which the Russians haven't stopped running for the pandemic.
I don't get the appeal of Prestige, although the booze is "free". I'd be very hard pressed to make up $8000 in the free booze over just 4 days.

The OBS folks onboard (pre-COVID) have told me Prestige is a real cash cow in the summers and has improved the Canadian's bottom line, though.

As to sections, I don't get it either since it is not that different from coach, which they do sell.
 

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FWIW, the Ocean is also in the system from the start date mentioned. Availability seems to indicate some days won't have Budd sleepers, while others will. That is, of course, subject to it actually resuming.;)
 

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Prestige should be a cash cow when one considers there are sometimes 14 Prestige Rooms. If they are occupied the whole way across Canada each departure brings in an additional $149,408 CAD in Revenue.

Compare that with the rest of the train at the summer consist. 9-12 Manor Sleepers, 2 Coaches. Now this is where it gets difficult as unlike Prestige the majority of these PAX aren't going to the full distance. But if we just say it's moonlighters where everyone is going the whole route.

Amount of Rooms Per Train
27-36 Uppers
27-36 Lowers
36-48 Roomettes $67,608-$90,144
54-72 Double Rooms $203,904-$270,432

Now that was based on the Discounted rate which eventually goes away at a certain load.

I don't remember what the rate was for the sections.
 

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I don't get the appeal of Prestige, although the booze is "free". I'd be very hard pressed to make up $8000 in the free booze over just 4 days.
And unfettered access to the Park car. I very much hope to ride The Canadian again (been fortunate to have done it twice in my life, the last being three decades ago) and while I would love to use the Park car, there's no way on God's green earth I am paying for Prestige. The rooms are nicer, but I want the "traditional" railroad experience with the regular rooms anyway. So, if current policies stay in place, I will unfortnately be traveling during off season so I can avail myself of the full experience.
 

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And unfettered access to the Park car. I very much hope to ride The Canadian again (been fortunate to have done it twice in my life, the last being three decades ago) and while I would love to use the Park car, there's no way on God's green earth I am paying for Prestige. The rooms are nicer, but I want the "traditional" railroad experience with the regular rooms anyway. So, if current policies stay in place, I will unfortnately be traveling during off season so I can avail myself of the full experience.
The Park Car restrictions are probably not going anywhere. The whole experience is better in the off season anyway. I've ridden annually the last few years before COVID
 

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The whole experience is better in the off season anyway.
Have never rode on The Canadian, but seriously looked into doing so for the Winter or Fall, 2020. (Covid-19 ended those plans.) Everything that I had learned about the train told me that I would enjoy the experience more in the off season.

While booking Prestige Class would have been enjoyable, I am sure. Sleeper Plus class (I think that is what it was called) would have been very sufficient.
 

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It's been over a year since I've been on a train and probably won't be for awhile yet.....so it was nice to see that my 'Preference' status has been extended for another year until April 2022. Thanks VIA!....and I'll be back as soon as I can.
Definitely can't wait to be back onboard. With the status extended, are the coupons still valid? Seems like it'll be two rounds of extensions so potentially two sets of coupons. Anyone have experience calling to redeem for the points option? I won't be back on Via until probably this winter so really wouldn't make use of any of the other options.
 

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Definitely can't wait to be back onboard. With the status extended, are the coupons still valid? Seems like it'll be two rounds of extensions so potentially two sets of coupons. Anyone have experience calling to redeem for the points option? I won't be back on Via until probably this winter so really wouldn't make use of any of the other options.
I called and took the point option as the coupons expire the end of April.

As your Status is being extended for another year......possibly you will get another set of coupons in May
 
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